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Past articles by Steve:

Westerville South quarterback, DeSales linebacker are best of the best on Dispatch team

Westerville South quarterback Peter Pedrozo, DeSales linebacker Jonathan Thompson, Bloom-Carroll coach Wade Bartholomew top Dispatch All-Metro team. → Read More

DeSales boys basketball team has a rare talent in Desmond Watson

A first-team All-Ohio selection last season, Desmond Watson of DeSales hopes to reach even higher heights with the Stallions this season. → Read More

Despite DeWine statement, OHSAA says parents will still be allowed to attend winter sports

The OHSAA clarified a ruling by Gov. Mike DeWine that no one could attend winter sports events by saying parents of participants were exempt. → Read More

Ohio State cancels women's basketball season opener because of COVID-19 issues with Akron

The day before the Buckeyes were to open the 2020-21 women's basketball season, Ohio State said it was canceling the game "out of an abundance of caution." → Read More

High school football: DeSales loses state title game to Chardon in two-overtime thriller

DeSales couldn't hold a two-TD lead in the fourth quarter and fell to Chardon 31-28 in two overtimes in the Division III state championship game. → Read More

DeSales loses big lead, drops Division III state football final to Chardon

DeSales was unable to hold on to a two-touchdown lead in falling to Chardon in the Division III state championship football game. → Read More

High school football: DeSales faces formidable foe in Chardon for state title

Previewing the Division III state championship high school football game Saturday between DeSales and Chardon. → Read More

Family ties run deep in DeSales' latest quest for a state football championship

Matt and Matthew Stewart are one of several family tie-ins with DeSales' state championship football team and teams of the past. → Read More

High school football: OHSAA forced to move state football finals from Obetz to Massillon

Because of a health order in Franklin County, the six state high school football championship games were moved from Fortress Obetz to Massillon. → Read More

High school football: Pickerington Central crushed by Cincinnati St. Xavier in title game

Recapping the Division I state championship between Pickerington Central and Cincinnati St. Xavier. → Read More

High school football: Pickerington Central walloped 44-3 in state title game

A web-only running story on Pickerington Central's Division I state championship game against Cincinnati St. Xavier. → Read More

New Albany, Olentangy, Granville shooting for state soccer titles

The New Albany boys and Olentangy and Granville girls will play in the state soccer title games at Mapfre Stadium Friday and Saturday. → Read More

Garner Wallace has made a name for himself as Pickerington Central's quarterback

Pickerington Central will be led in the state championship game by Garner Wallace, who inherited the pressure-filled job of quarterback from Demeatric Crenshaw. → Read More

Watterson's state-bound volleyball team refocused after COVID-19 quarantine

First-time qualifier Watterson heads up three area teams in the state volleyball tournament in Vandalia. → Read More

Pickerington Central holds off Mentor 38-31 for return trip to state title game

Recapping Friday's high school football playoff action involving area teams. → Read More

Styles family savoring final time together with Pickerington Central football team

Lorenzo Styles and his two sons are relishing what might be their final days together with Pickerington Central's football team. → Read More

Hilliard Davidson girls, boys hope to be in the hunt for state cross country titles

Hilliard Davidson's boys and girls head a contingent of area teams and individuals competing in the state cross country championships. → Read More

Old foes Columbus Academy, Watterson to clash in state field hockey semifinal

A preview of the state field hockey tournament, focusing on area teams Columbus Academy and Watterson's semifinal matchup. → Read More

Fortress Obetz to host Ohio high school football state championship games

The OHSAA announced that the state high school football championship games will be played at Fortress Obetz. → Read More

High school football: Pickerington Central rolls to 5th straight Division I regional title

Pickerington Central was one of four area teams advancing in the state high school football playoffs.Friday. → Read More